ModGuitar.com Ultimate Guitar Set-up Guide
Learn how to set-up your guitar from start to finish beginning with: Adjusting The String Height. Followed by: Adjusting The Truss Rod. Then Finishing up with: Setting The Intonation.
ModGuitar.com Locking Tremolo Set-Up Guide
Follow along with this guide to learn how to string-up, set-up, and keep your locking tremolo playing the best that it can.
Locking Tuner Upgrades: Pros & Cons
Locking tuners reduce the slack at the peg head end of the guitar string while clamping the string to the tuning post, thus working to stabilize the guitar’s tuning. But are locking tuner upgrades always the best option?
Tune up quick with our Tuning Videos.
What could be simpler? Tune up with your phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet computer, anywhere, anytime. High Definition let’s you view this play along tuner from across the room. Add it to your favorites & Playlists on YouTube.
More tuning videos here: Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin.
Import and Export iTunes Playlists. A easy way to share your musical tastes (without pirating music!).
Mandolin Fret Dress and New Nut
A down and dirty repair job on an inexpensive Mandolin. Follow along and see how a fret dress is done, as well as the issues that crop up when working on a delicate instrument. Read the full article here.
Other How To Articles
Jamming on Apple’s Garageband App for iPad
Take a few minutes to check out the virtual guitar instrument in Garageband on the iPad. Lots of fun with real guitar-style bending and playing techniques. It’s like GuitarHero on steroids! The recording and editing functions are worthy of having fun and sketching out ideas on the road or on the couch. If you ever wanted a guitar set-up perfectly for tapping ala Eddie VanHalen – this app is for you!
Watch GarageBand’s Virtual Guitar in action here.
Reviewed: ZOOM H4N ‘Handy’ Portable Digital Recorder. We go in depth with a hands-on review, photos, and several test recordings. Read about it here.
A used guitar find. Sort out the hype on these vintage rockers. Kramer Focus 1000
Les Paul envy no more! Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Review
Agile AL-3000M – From the Rondomusic import line. See what this Les Paul style guitar has to offer. Read The Review.
Discontinued but many deals to be found. Get the word on this “sleeper”. Ibanez SZ320 Review
Review Jams on YouTube
are a great way to see and hear some of the gear we review.
We start with a guitar that’s well set-up. The intonation has been set, the strings are fresh – then we feed the guitar signal into our trusty Traynor YCV50 Watt Custom Blue amp – retrofitted with KT77 tubes from Eurotubes. From the amp we send a direct signal to our recording set-up, a Pro Tools Rack System to record the pre amp signal.
After we jam for a bit we then send the signal back to the amp and record the signal with a Shure SM57 in the front of the amp and a high quality condenser facing the rear of the amp. The back channel mic’s signal is inverted in the software so that what you hear is pure amp tone just as it was played and recorded.
We do some minor editing to take out the really bad ‘flubs’ then mix down the signal with minimal FX for the videos. We then add our photos of the actual instrument reviewed, shot on location under color correct lighting then edited into a slide show presentation.